Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge, Beaufort

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Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge, located in Carteret County, North Carolina, is on the end of a peninsula marking the southern end of Pamlico Sound. The refuge lies five miles (8 km) east of the Atlantic Ocean and about 40mi northeast of Beaufort, North Carolina. Established in 1964, the refuge consists of approximately 11000acre of irregularly flooded, brackish marsh and 3480acre of pocosin and woodland habitat. The dominant marsh plants include black needlerush, saltmarsh cordgrass, saltmeadow hay, and saltgrass. The woodland areas are dominated by loblolly, longleaf and pond pine. Live oak is also abundant on some upland sites. The marsh and surrounding waters provide wintering habitat for thousands of ducks and nesting habitat for colonial waterbirds.
Mammalian species that inhabit this refuge are gray squirrel, marsh rabbit, white-tailed deer, raccoon, mink, nutria, muskrat, river otter, fox, and opossum.
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  • Going to Cedar Island is quite a drive but a beautiful one ! We rode horses on the island with the Cedar Island Stables. Saw the wild ponies and also cattle. Stopped at Harkers Island on the way home....  more »
  • Gorgeous walk with boardwalks and lots of shaded areas with some benches to sit on. Can do the long or short loop - good place to put in a kayak as well.  more »
  • Nice quiet stretch of beach to the right of the ferry docks. Long scenic drive to get there.
  • Nice place and people great Store Islands Choice and awesome restaurant Sharkey's
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